monocoque

noun mono·coque \ ˈmä-nə-ˌkōk , -ˌkäk \

Definition of monocoque

1 : a type of construction (as of a fuselage) in which the outer skin carries all or a major part of the stresses
2 : a type of vehicle construction (as of an automobile) in which the body is integral with the chassis

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Origin and Etymology of monocoque

French, from mon- + coque shell, probably from Latin coccum kermes — more at cocoon


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